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SPOTLIGHT: OAHU11.15: Loretta Ables Sayre at Blue Note Hawaii. The Tony-nominated Broadway actress lights up Waikiki’s premier live music venue during two shows, backed by a crackerjack trio on piano, bass and drums. Expect an enchanting evening of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.
HAWAII ISLAND 11.3-12: Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. This eye-opening event is more than just a celebration of the world-famous brew. It also fetes the traditions of Kona coffee, stretching back nearly 200 years.
The fun includes farm tours, art strolls and a parade.
11.17-12.31: Christmas in the Country. Volcano Art Center launches the holiday season with this magical showcase of local crafts and handmade wreaths. It’s a perfect stop for one-of-a-kind gifts and ornaments found only on the islands.
KAUAI 11.3: Friday Art Night. The normally sleepy town of Hanapepe comes to life each Friday night. Shops stay open late, musicians serenade passersby, artists tout their wares and eateries sell tasty treats from kiosks.
11.19: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. Masters of Hawaii’s beloved slack key style of guitar playing regale music lovers at Kauai Marriott Resort. Past participants include island award-winners such as Brother Noland and Stephen Inglis.
MAUI 11.5-11: Restaurant Week Wailea. Wailea Resort lays claim to many great restaurants. During this week, clients can sample some of them at reduced rates. Three-course prix fixe menus are priced from $29 to $59 per person.
11.10-11: Hula O Na Keiki. Maui’s only children’s hula competition commemorates Hawaii’s rich dance tradition. Participants and attendees learn about island culture through performances, workshops and crafts. Colorful costumes and mesmerizing chants cast a timeless spell at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.